Firefox 5 Beta

You can download the Beta here:

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-beta.html

The release notes are here:

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/5.0beta/releasenotes/

Some cool stuff, but should you upgrade already? I ran the Firefox 4 beta for what feels like forever and didn’t have any issues with it. It’s nice to get updates whenever they are released, not have to wait for a long long time until the non-beta is out. I’ll sure be upgrading to FF 5 on my home desktop.

  • Added support for CSS animations
  • Added support for switching Firefox development channels
  • The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
  • Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance
  • Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
  • Improved spell checking for some locales
  • Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/channel/

It’s now possible to run ‘extremely beta’ – alpha? Called Aurora. I’m gonna give it a shot :)
It installs another Firefox and gives you a new icon (not the old fox around a blue globe).
Plugins, bookmarks, passwords are saved/kept so that’s cool.
It’s also noticeably faster than Firefox 4.
Besides that it looks just the same. Maybe that’ll change in the near future.


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